The Dehumanization Of The Jews Essay

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The Dehumanization of the Jews Essay
The genocide of the Jews during World War II is probably the most well-known terror in world history. Many question how this could have happened, how could millions of people be exterminated so thoroughly without resistance? What begin as a simmering hatred of a people group progressed in a systematic execution of the Jews not only physically, but it took every ounce of their human rights until they had nothing left; they were ground into the dirt. With the help of Elie Wiesel’s personal story in his memoir Night, he gives us insight on the physical and psychological terror that they endured at the hands of Hitler that dehumanized the Jews in a systematic, step-by-step process. Hitler didn’t mindlessly; on a whim execute millions of people. He planned it thoroughly, stage by stage. No one knows why, maybe it began slowly so as not to be noticed by the outside world. He was a sick mastermind. Maybe it was slow so that the Jews would not actually realize until it was too late what was really going on. As Hitler came to power, he despised the Jews and their success and to combat this, rumors began to spread about the Jews, full of poison, to enter all Germans’ minds. ‘“The “Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda” of the Nazi party, Josef Goebbels created a negative image of the Jewish people, by blaming them for the economic and social problems of Germany and the world. The propaganda has its goal to dehumanize the Jews by…

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